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Canadian radio now allowed to play Money for Nothing

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Canadian radio now allowed to play Money for Nothing

Postby ruggie » Fri 2 Sep 2011 08:19 GMT

Dire Straits' satirical song 'Money for Nothing', is is no longer banned on Canadian radio.

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I see this song as a good piece of satire, in the manner of the old boy in Till Death Do Us Part, but it was originally banned because a listener complained about this verse:

(See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire)


The parentheses show that the verse is optional, and not included in all recordings.
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Postby Dave » Fri 2 Sep 2011 11:17 GMT

I remember at the time Mark Knopfler protesting that it was satire and didn't represent his views - and a number of gay rights groups saying they understood his meaning and didn't take offence.

Completely silly to ban the song altogether when it's perfectly possible to play a version without the "offensive" words - as the BBC did.
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Postby ruggie » Fri 2 Sep 2011 15:09 GMT

Looks as if I can't correct the typo in the title (:=< Should, of course, be 'no longer'.

[OK. problem was that the title was too long. Now I need to find a better way to shorten it]
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Postby Dave » Fri 2 Sep 2011 15:36 GMT

The title's too long for the system, Ruggie. Why not "Canadian radio lifts ban on playing..."?
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Postby ruggie » Fri 2 Sep 2011 17:02 GMT

Snap!! Got there by the skin of my teeth. Can't make out what authority did the banning. Sounds as if a higher authority over-rode the ban. My new title fudges the issue well enough I reckon.
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